Okon Bassey in Uyo
Hundreds of youths from Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Thursday made good their threat by disrupting activities at ExxonMobil facilities located in Eket.
THISDAY gathered that youths took their demonstration to Mobil Airstrips and housing estate facilities of the oil major.
The gates at the ExxonMobil airstrips were barricaded with plantain suckers and traditional injections.
Workers of the oil giants were seen loitering around the gates both at the airstrip and housing estate as they could not get entry into the facilities.
Placards carried by the youths read: “ExxonMobil release our money,” “Regina Udobong please our money”, “ExxonMobil enough is enough”, “Ibeno, Esit Eket and Onna have been paid why Eket?, “We will not leave until our money is paid’’ among others.
The youths leader of Eket, Mr. Godwin Nduaesa, said they were aggrieved because of the nonpayment of oil spill palliative meant for Eket since 2011.
“The blocking of Mobil has become necessary because the three core oil communities of Ibeno, Onna and Esit Eket have since 2015 being paid leaving out Eket without explanation.
“The youths are going to remain here until the money is released for Eket community,’’ Nduaesa said.
He explained that for some months now, Mobil had continue to deceive the paramount ruler of Eket with promises that the money would be release on a date that has not been fulfilled.
“We cannot continue to allow such an insult on the sensibility of our paramount ruler and the people of Eket,” he maintained.
Also speaking, Mr. Donatus Samuel, community leader from Okopedi, where Mobil airstrip is located, said ExxonMobil should release the sum of N1.17 billion to Eket community as its share of the compensation.